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Ballpoint Universe Infinite is a shoot-em-up adventure game featuring artwork entirely drawn in ballpoint pen. Explore immaculate worlds, discover the secrets of the doodles, and customize your Ink-Ship for battle! Press "Ballpoint Universe Infinite is too exuberant to ignore.
Release Date: Dec 17, 2013
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Japan and Linux

March 6th, 2014

We're pleased to announce two big things! First, Ballpoint Universe will be available in Japanese starting today. Thanks to Unity Games Japan, we have a fully localized Japanese version! We'll be premiering the game at BitSummit this evening. EXCITE

Another big dealio--

For our small but dedicated task force, the Linux version is now available! We tried to get everything working the same as the Windows version, however gamepad controls aren't available on Linux.

Anyways, thanks everyone! We're having a week-long sale in celebration of these two events. Enjoy~~

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Linux version unofficially out.

February 19th, 2014

Testing some things with the Steam interface, so the game is technically downloable for linux, but has no guarantees of working as of yet. We will post a large post sometime later to announce it out officially.
Thanks for your patience.

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“...imaginative visuals and satisfying customization options are compelling driving forces.”

“I enjoyed my time in this flowing and visually layered creation so, whatever the might-have-beens, on one level that has to be enough.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Ballpoint Universe is a visually astonishing game with really intuitive controls and enjoyable gameplay.”
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About the Game

Ballpoint Universe Infinite is a shoot-em-up adventure game featuring artwork entirely drawn in ballpoint pen. Explore immaculate worlds, discover the secrets of the doodles, and customize your Ink-Ship for battle!

"Ballpoint Universe Infinite is too exuberant to ignore." - Gamespot

"Holy Crap, This Entire Game Is Drawn In Ballpoint Pen" - Kotaku

"I’m not in any way, shape, form, or doodle of a mechanical steampunk owl creature writing this one off. It’s positively packed with promise..." - Rock Paper Shotgun

"There comes a point in every artist’s life where they see something so amazing, so unreal, that they question what the hell it is that they’re doing with their own life. Watching the trailer for Ballpoint Universe is one of those times for me." - Daily of the Day


Explore incredible hand-drawn worlds

Customize your ship

Take missions and blast through waves of enemies

Test your skills in Infinite Mode

About the Developers

Arachnid Games is a fancy name for what is really just three dudes who love making games together. We're based in Berkeley, CA, and started in 2012.


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PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb card or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 230 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows 8 Partially Supported At This Time (See Forum Post For Details)

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: OSX Lion or later
    • Processor: 1.5mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb card or higher
    • Hard Drive: 230 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
206 products in account
36 reviews
3.0 hrs on record
Ballpoint Universe is a beautiful shmup with guns and melee weapons. Between the stages you'll explore the cities like a platform game: running, jumping and talking with characters that tells you the story. The difficult is just right, but if you want a real challenge, try to clear levels flawlessly. There's also an infinite mode to keep you occupied. For this game, you'll get more than your money's worth. On sale it's an absolutely steal!
Posted: March 12th, 2014
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
531 products in account
6 reviews
3.0 hrs on record
Cool concept brought low by ♥♥♥♥ controls, ♥♥♥♥ checkoint save system, and nauseatingly bad platform physics. Cool and fun, until it's not.

To elaborate:
Mouse is awesome for the shmup part. Sucks for the platforming part.
Keyboard sucks for both.
Gamepad, which i have not tried, is hopefully decent for platforming, but can't possibly be better than mouse for shmup.

Checkpoints suck for everything.

As for the physics, there's too much inertia and bouncing and sliding off stuff you are trying to land on is the rule, not the exception. Either bounding box issues or, again, the wack controls (and/or just something about the jump trajectory envelope) make it seem cheap and low-tech, like a phone game, or a flash game, as you are constantly denied on fundamental jumps.

Cool and fun, until it's not. I want to like this game but I quickly lost patience with the repetition brought on by the playability issues mentioned above. The game wants you to explore it, but you won't want to. And you can't just go "100% shmup", AFAICT.

I'm still recommending it cuz it's at least worth a check-out, but ..... well, all I can say is, maybe I should have bought "Ballpoint Universe - Just the First 4-5 Levels, Until It Starts Getting Dickish", instead of "Ballpoint Universe - Infinite". YMMV, I suppose.
Posted: February 7th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
944 products in account
10 reviews
17.9 hrs on record
Bardzo ciekawa platformówka z elementami zręcznościowej strzelanki.
Wędrujemy po krainie narysowanej w uroczy uczniowski sposób. Po drodze zbieramy tzw. "złote szkice" i rozmawiamy z napotkanymi istotami. Podczas niektórych rozmów otrzymujemy zadania polegające na pokonaniu fal przeciwników w zręcznościowych strzelankach. Przenosimy się na latający statek i lecąc z lewej strony do prawej eleminujemy przeciwników zdobywając tzw. "atramenty". Dzięki zdobytym "atramentom" mamy możliwość udoskonalania naszego statku.
Po skończeniu gry można grać od nowa ze wszystkimi zdobytymi rzeczami.
Bardzo polecam tę grę.

Very interesting platformer with arcade shooter elements.
We wander through the land drawn in a charming way. Along the way we collect so-called "golden sketches" and talk with met creatures. During certain conversations we obtain tasks to defeat waves of enemies in arcade shooter style. Those missions are about flying from left to right eliminating encountered enemies and gathering "inks". Thanks to those "inks" we gain possibility of improving our ship.
After completing the game we can play again keeping all gained things.
I very recommend this game.
Posted: April 28th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
76 products in account
1 review
6.0 hrs on record
This game was quite the surprise, I didn't pay much attention to the trailer, under the expectation I wouldn't even play it (having gotten it from a bundle), but for no firm reason I decided to try it. What at a glance I had thought to be an artistic platformer (as so many indie games these days are), turned out to be an artistic platformer/upgradable shooter. Although I was a little put-off from getting the wrong idea of the game, I continued to play and started to really enjoy it! Ballpoint Universe allows the player to use keyboard, mouse, or a gamepad at their will, allowing a wide variety of choices. The game has a surprisingly interesting story, and provides much inspiration with it's monochromatic artwork and interesting design.
Ballpoint Universe is a must-have for casual and artistic gamers alike, for it provides a fun and inspirational casual game for all to enjoy.
Posted: July 13th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
420 products in account
23 reviews
5.1 hrs on record
Ballpoint Universe - Infinite is a beautiful game, one that steers clear from the mediocrity that most indie games have become.

This game deserves an A+ in all aspects: its graphics is something new, fresh, artsy, that is a pleasure just to look at. The music is another highpoint in the game, and matches each one of the mini-games perfectly.

Playing it is an enjoyable and fun experience, be it for a quickie or for several hours.

Playability itself is great: the game is composed of several mini-games that can be played an infinite number of times, and your progress is never lost between plays. All mini-games are side-scrollers. Acquring new weapons and upgrades for your ship isn't so complicated.

I highly recommend this game and I salute the developers for coming up with such a fresh idea.
Posted: February 17th, 2014
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42 of 46 people (91%) found this review helpful
512 products in account
139 reviews
3.8 hrs on record
Jeez, for $3 what is there to complain about here? Nothing. Nice little game. It's like an old arcade side scroller which is a bit of a walk down memory lane, playing things like 'R-Type' back in the day. Graphics are interesting. Music does the job. Nice to see they went straight for mouse control not the x-box controller. Buy it and give the developers a couple of bucks to encourage them on their future path of game design.
Posted: December 18th, 2013
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Indie Of The Year 2013's Visuality Award